Cicero, Marcus Tullius: Orationes.

Edited by Ludovicus Carbo.

[Venice]:  Adam de Ambergau, 1472.
Fol.   [112 2-2610 27-288 29-3010].   [298] leaves (1/1, 30/10 blank).
ISTC ic00543000;  GW 6766;  Goff C543;  BMC V 189 (IB. 19813);  Bod-inc C-243;  CIBN C-427;  BSB-Ink C-381.

Quire 4 is of ten leaves as BMC and Bod-inc, not nine as GW.

GIP number: C56
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian Be.2.1 (see main library entry for this item)
Note: Printer's pin-holes visible.
Provenance: Anthony Askew (1722-1774), physician and classical scholar:  Askew sale, 13 Feb. 1775 onwards;  lot 1387 in Bibliotheca Askeviana … (London:  Baker & Leigh, 1775).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  purchased by Hunter at the Askew sale for £12.0.0 according to the partially annotated copy of the Askew sale catalogue in University of Glasgow Library (shelfmark Mu36-c.8).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “T.2.4”.
Binding: England, 18th-century gold-tooled red goatskin;  covers decorated with a double-fillet frame, and a centre panel formed by fillets and a decorative roll with a floral ornament at the outer corners;  rebacked in the 19th/20th century (original spine covering unrecorded);  front free endpaper has watermark of a fleur-de-lys within a shield surmounted by a crown, rear free endpaper has countermark ‘I V’.  Size: 330 × 228 mm.
Leaf size: 317 x 216 mm.
Annotations: Frequent marginal annotations, nota marks and underlining in several 16th-century hands;  running oratio headings added up to and including “Pro Balbo”;  evidence of early signatures;  partially foliated in roman numerals and fully foliated in arabic numerals in 16th-century hands;  on 1/1v is a “Tabula contentorum” in a 16th-century hand with folio references in roman numerals;  title “Oratio[ne]s tullij” written in red crayon in an 18th-century hand on 1/1r.
Decoration: On 1/2r an eight-line letter “Q” is supplied in red and blue, with an infill of red pen-work and with blue and red pen-work bordering the initial and extending into the margin;  similarly decorated initials supplied at the opening of each oratio;  capital strokes in red throughout;  occasional paragraph marks in red.
Imperfections: None.

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